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by Northern Blue
Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thoughts - Rockpool Taran 18
Replies: 9
Views: 800

Re: Thoughts - Rockpool Taran 18

@GregMiller @sea monkey

Thanks both for responding with the extra valuable information. I’m looking forward to getting both out on the water.
by Northern Blue
Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Personal Locator Beacon
Replies: 7
Views: 405

Re: Personal Locator Beacon

I use a McMurdo Fastfind Ranger, which has exactly the same technical ability and waterproofing as the Fastfind 220, but is made of a more robust plastic, better suited for use in the mountains, should I ever be unfortunate enough to drop it down a crag.
by Northern Blue
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thoughts - Rockpool Taran 18
Replies: 9
Views: 800

Re: Thoughts - Rockpool Taran 18

@Jim - When I tried the Taran 18 last year, it didn’t seem significantly less manoeuvrable than my Scorpio HV, but it’s been mentioned in a couple of reviews that I’ve read recently, which is why I queried it. It’s not something I need on a sea boat. I’m hoping to get my hands on my friend’s 18 agai...
by Northern Blue
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thoughts - Rockpool Taran 18
Replies: 9
Views: 800

Thoughts - Rockpool Taran 18

Having spent a few years with a couple of Scorpios, it was always my intention to make the move to a composite Cetus, however after paddling a friend’s demo Rockpool Taran last year, I’m giving a lot of thought to placing a Taran on order over the summer. I’ve read quite a bit about the Taran 16 bei...
by Northern Blue
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: White Water Consultancy - Technical Problems ?
Replies: 13
Views: 2231

Re: White Water Consultancy - Technical Problems ?

Just by way of an update, PayPal have fully refunded my purchase cost.
by Northern Blue
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Campervan Scotland - where to stay
Replies: 9
Views: 563

Re: Campervan Scotland - where to stay

If you can get on for half term, Silversands site at Arisaig is one of my favourites, especially if you get a front pitch with views over to Eigg and Rum. Send a text to the owner John on 07716 231727 to enquire or book. Facilities are clean and adequate, if a little dated, but this view from the pi...
by Northern Blue
Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: White Water Consultancy - Technical Problems ?
Replies: 13
Views: 2231

Re: White Water Consultancy - Technical Problems ?

Thanks Chris, PayPal should eventually sort out the refund, but it will be in their own timeframe.
by Northern Blue
Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: White Water Consultancy - Technical Problems ?
Replies: 13
Views: 2231

Re: White Water Consultancy - Technical Problems ?

It’s starting to look like WWC may have ceased trading, which if correct, is sad for the company and their employees that I’ve been told have been made redundant, but to leave their online ordering system live, taking money from fellow kayakers and not honouring the sale this close to Christmas is l...
by Northern Blue
Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF Inshore Forecast Coverage?
Replies: 17
Views: 1043

Re: VHF Inshore Forecast Coverage?

I’m not sure how the coverage works, but last weekend I was paddling round the Isles of Fleet and was listening to Belfast CG transmissions, yet during the week I was just round the corner in Kirkcudbright bay and picked up Holyhead CG.

Line of sight at its best ?
by Northern Blue
Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: White Water Consultancy - Technical Problems ?
Replies: 13
Views: 2231

Re: White Water Consultancy - Technical Problems ?

Not confirmed, but I’m hearing this is more than technical problems, which is very sad news.
by Northern Blue
Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: White Water Consultancy - Technical Problems ?
Replies: 13
Views: 2231

White Water Consultancy - Technical Problems ?

Does anyone local to WWC in Wales know if they’re experiencing technical issues at the moment. I have been trying to contact them about an outstanding order over the last two days and can’t get through to them on the phone. Their website has an “Scheduled Maintenance” banner showing (yesterday & tod...
by Northern Blue
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Recommend Me A Good WW Book Please
Replies: 9
Views: 632

Re: Recommend Me A Good WW Book Please

Thanks for all the recommendations.

“Kayak” bought and digested already. It’s a fun and easy read, with a super sense of humour throughout.

Second edition of “WW Safety & Rescue” is also here, but is going to take a bit longer to get through.
by Northern Blue
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 43
Views: 3717

Re: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system

My reservations about the SafeTrx app are due to it's reliance on smart phones. I've used it while sailing but that's not a problem as I can get a bit of shelter to use my phone but I wouldn't consider using it in a kayak. My phone doesn't work if the screen or my hands are wet, there's no way of f...
by Northern Blue
Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Recommend Me A Good WW Book Please
Replies: 9
Views: 632

Re: Recommend Me A Good WW Book Please

It goes without saying buying ww kit is only worthwhile if you know how and when to use it! Maybe get on a WWSR course on one of the chilly winter weekends?? It does go without saying, but none the less, it’s sound advice and fortunately there are plenty of courses available, along with coaching th...
by Northern Blue
Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Recommend Me A Good WW Book Please
Replies: 9
Views: 632

Recommend Me A Good WW Book Please

For those long winter nights, I’m looking for a good instructional whitewater book, covering safety, rescues, equipment and techniques. I’ve built up a considerable amount of sea kit, but have only just started on my ww venture. We had to negotiate a low dam at the weekend and I didn’t even have a s...
by Northern Blue
Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking Tshirts
Replies: 5
Views: 526

Re: Kayaking Tshirts

Not exactly kayak or canoe related, but I picked a couple of these cool Icebreaker T’s up over the summer....


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by Northern Blue
Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Another tragic kayaking fatality in Nepal.
Replies: 6
Views: 1199

Re: Another tragic kayaking fatality in Nepal.

Can i ask why you feel the need to share this here? The information is already up to the public, but serves no benefit by being pushed in to the public eye. All were tragic accidents so why not leave them be as that? It’s tragic, but it’s also news, it’s relevant to our sport/hobby/pastime & to thi...
by Northern Blue
Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: 2 Lost Paddles - River Sprint, Cumbria
Replies: 0
Views: 166

2 Lost Paddles - River Sprint, Cumbria

On behalf of a friend who was out with a group of paddlers Sunday 2nd December.

Lost at the S bends on the River Sprint, mid afternoon, 2 Werner paddles, no contact details on them, one set had a pair of Pogies attached. May end up in the River Kent.

No other details !
by Northern Blue
Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Silva 58 Kayak Compass
Replies: 5
Views: 1099

Re: Silva 58 Kayak Compass

Compass sold elsewhere !
by Northern Blue
Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB protection
Replies: 22
Views: 1521

Re: PLB protection

As per others, my McMurdo stays in my BA pocket and has survived many soakings during self rescue and rolling practice.
by Northern Blue
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Show us the best sea kayaking photo you've taken...
Replies: 31
Views: 2697

Re: Show us the best sea kayaking photo you've taken...

The ‘boss lady’ during the summer, off Whitburn on the NE England coast.

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by Northern Blue
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Show us the best sea kayaking photo you've taken...
Replies: 31
Views: 2697

Re: Show us the best sea kayaking photo you've taken...

I’ve got so many favourites, but this one brings back fond memories from Arisaig, the week before going to the Scottish Sea Kayak Symposium.

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by Northern Blue
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Your best cock-up (not carnage)
Replies: 28
Views: 1631

Re: Your best cock-up (not carnage)

Over the summer, I loaded my kayak on to my high top camper in preparation for an evening paddle, 20+ miles away from home and as I was meeting a friend for a dog walk halfway there, I locked the Karitek roof rack with padlocks. On reaching the meeting point, with the other 3 paddlers, it suddenly d...
by Northern Blue
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: River white water training for sea kayaking?
Replies: 33
Views: 1857

Re: River white water training for sea kayaking?

I started sea kayaking regularly a couple of years ago, falling back on my experience of wave ski surfing back in the early nineties and never once taking an unplanned sea kayak capsize or swim, despite getting out in some pretty rough conditions, including surfing, Kylerhea tide races and a gentle ...
by Northern Blue
Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddler size Isel and Alaw Bach
Replies: 17
Views: 897

Re: Paddler size Isel and Alaw Bach

My gf weighs 65kg and paddles an Alaw Bach without needing to add extra weight to it. I’m probably at the upper limit for it at 93kg and 5’11”, but I’ve paddled it a few times now, including in some interesting sea conditions and it’s performed perfectly. When the time comes for a camping expedition...
by Northern Blue
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Difference between Stout + connect river
Replies: 4
Views: 572

Re: Difference between Stout + connect river

I recently bought a Burn 3 with the Stout 2 outfitting, but as this is my first river boat, all I can say is that the ratchet system pretty much locks me in to the seat, compared to the looser fit in my sea kayak.

http://www.pyranha.com/outfitting.php
by Northern Blue
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit zips
Replies: 10
Views: 1257

Re: Drysuit zips

singingpaddler wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:17 am
Thanks "Billy"! Do you find the waist zip uncomfortable, e.g. with the spraydeck?
The zip can tend to fold a little due to a slight excess of material, but once I fit my deck, I tension the zip by pulling the material to either side and have no further issues with comfort.
by Northern Blue
Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Vid. ...there are no words adequate
Replies: 8
Views: 1262

Re: Vid. ...there are no words adequate

.....and not wearing seatbelts 😮